Starting in Douglas, explore the far end of the Forgotten World. Uncover stories of the workers and the history of the Okahukura-Stratford line and marvel in the ever-changing scenery. This full day tour includes time at the Whangamomona Republic to explore, take a picnic or enjoy hearty fare at the hotel.

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Highlights

  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes and stories of a less-explored section of the Okahukura-Stratford line
  • Travel over 18 bridges and through 3 tunnels including the unique S-shaped 615m Whangamomona Tunnel
  • Discover a redwood plantation, and TeWera pine forest
  • Stop at the Whangamomona Republic for a picnic or lunch at the historic hotel (lunch not included)

Inclusions

  • 84km Rail Cart journey
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Visit an Organic Farm and sample local produce
  • Morning tea

Itinerary

Check in at Douglas, board your Rail Cart and set off on your journey into the Forgotten World. Discover ever-changing vistas as you learn about the history of the area and the stories of the settlers. See redwood plantations, pine forest and deer farms and get up close and personal with local wildlife in sheep and beef country.

Stop for morning tea and home baking at TeWera Station siding, and visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce. Arrive in Whangamomona and have time to stroll around the Republic enjoy either your packed picnic lunch or hearty Republic fare at the Whangamomona Hotel (additional cost).  

Return to the station for your journey home. Swop drivers, and take your time to take photos and marvel at the spectacular Mt Taranaki dominating the skyline on the way back to Douglas.

The RailCarts have waterproof containers on the back of each cart that are ideal for holding personal day bags and extra coats. Please find a list of things you may want to bring with you just below. For more information click here.

  • Allergy medications
  • Warm clothing
  • Rainproof coat if rain is forecast. 
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Snacks 
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash 

Taumarunui - Vehicles may be left in a secure area at the Forgotten World Adventures (FWA) depot car park free of charge

Stratford - Vehicles may be left at the Eastern Taranaki Experience depot in an unsecured area. A shuttle will then transport you from there to the start of your tour. For those experiencing The Ultimate, the shuttle is included within the cost of your tour. For those experiencing the Republic Rail Picnic and prefer to leave vehicles in Stratford and take a shuttle to Douglas, then a fee of $15 per head is payable to the shuttle driver.

There is off road unsecured parking at Douglas close to the line where The Republic Picnic tour departs at no charge.

We cannot allow alcohol to be consumed whilst on the line itself. Anyone in control of a railcart must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Not on our railway line. No-one is too young or too old!

However in our jet boat children must be 3 years of age or over.

To ensure their safety, children travelling on the RailCarts must bring their car appropriate car-seat for use in the cart, and must remain strapped in any time the cart is moving.

All children must be fully supervised by an adult at all times.

The shorter tours seem to be proving more suitable for young children

We offer family discounts on four of our tours. The 5 Tunnel Railcart tour and jetboat tours; the Lavender Run, The Hatrick and the Bridge to Nowhere. Please note though, that we cannot have children under 3 in our jet boat.

As we are travelling through rural countryside with working farms on each side of the railway corridor we cannot allow any pets on the line.

Details

Length:
8 Hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Republic Rail Picnic
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
Prices:
$249 Per Adult